Where I live, deep in the Trump country of rural Michigan, two sentiments prevail right now.

  1. Trump really won the election by massive margins, but the liberal media and the Democratic Party conspired together to steal it from him via systemic fraud. People are dead serious about this; they believe it utterly.
  2. Covid-19 is not really a risk. It’s a hoax jinned up by the aforementioned liberal media and Democratic Party in order to help defeat Trump. (Nobody seems to speak to the dissonance of this message being needed when the Democrats were always going to win by voter fraud anyway.)

My neighbors don’t wear masks, and they look down on people who do. My neighbors do not practice social distancing, and they scorn people who do.

We have a long, cold winter ahead of us, indeed.

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